Joie de Vivre

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All the headlines in Europe’s news and newspapers are;
(Extreme) SUNNY DAYS for weeks and weeks …
And although we can dig deep about this ‘HEAT’
and listen to Mother Earth talking to us, which we do… we listen…
This time we would like to take you to the positive side for this moment…
Beach days…

Sunscreen 50+ is necessary, hats, snapbacks,
but by far for us, we will bring
THE COMFORTABLE COTTON MUSLIN,
an airy and natural gauzy fabric
that evokes memories of our childhood!
The one we were looking for after the baby version…
Why not in a bigger size…?

With THE SOCIALITE FAMILY it becomes a soft throw
and is enhanced by bright and deeply desirable colours
that we can carry nonchalantly from the beach to our living room.
The ideal backdrop for our family outings,
the perfect companion as a bedspread,
and all combined with the softness to wrap an infant:
wouldn’t these squares of fabric in convenient sizes
be the answer to all our needs?
YES PLEASE!!!

The unique textile expertise of expert craftsmen,
a natural material which is kind to the skin
and the environment, and vibrant colours
which stand the test of time.

It seems The Socialite Family has nailed it again!
Surprising us every time with beautiful, thoughtful designs.
Designs we never thought we would actually need,
but now we feel like we do. And on top of that our thoughts are:
why didn’t we came up with that! Big fans here!

ENJOY THE SUNNY DAYS
OR THE MORE COMFORTABLE SHADOWS,
family, friends, quality time, small tiny little things,
as much as possible! #allthatmatters

Credits: THE SOCIALITE FAMILY

 

p.s. One year ago we wrote about their beautiful blog
and wonderful online store.
Check it out!

All beauty!

1500884234This is the the best thing about images. It doesn’t need a language.
It is just about what you see,
what you experience when you look at this image.
Will you take a few more seconds
‘TO ACTUALLY SEE THIS’ or go on further,
because we see too many images
and we have too many tabs open,
so our brain selects it for us.
What will make us take time, to actually SEE?

We’re calling it ‘the MTV-effect’…
‘Fast forward and many in a second IMAGES!’

When I was in Artschool studying fashion,
I was already talking about this with my teachers…
A long time ago (haha)…
when we were not used to the crazy amount
of the images we see nowadays…

We see such a ‘ridiculous amount of images’ a day, it dazzles…
But when a real cool one pops up, which sticks with us,
we have to share this.
It’s from 2017, but that is never an issue for us,
time…, being first…
We love to freeze time and wonder…
This inspiring image is perfect in every detail,
it is contemporary and therefore timeless…
VERY VERY INTERESTING!

Milk Korea is of course the Korean version
of the wonderful (French) MILK magazine.
But they have obviously a different vision on styles…
The models, the designs, the styles, the colours, the graphics…
So it happen to be geographically related…
Well, we have a big preference for the styles of this continent.
STYLISH HUMBLE MINIMALISM.

Just look at this beautiful portrait of a cool dude
on the other side of the world.
We can totally relate to that.
Have a closer look. All beauty!

Photocredits:
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EDITOR
NAM KUK HWA
PHOTOS KIM TAE HWAN
MODEL 모레노 주니어 민호 , 하트만 준영, 이로건
HAIR & MAKE UP 송주희
ASSISTANT 전소현  

Space Odyssey ’18

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A month ago we had our feature in KID’s WEAR mag (online)
where we’d mentioned Mini Rodini
for our favourite and their brilliant Classic Pico Jackets.

But we have to say, they’ve nailed it again with this version
MOON JACKET.
From their pre-fall18 collection Space Odyssey
A waterproof lightweight jacket which can be fold into a little bag.
And the print is truly Mini Rodini-ish…,
which will cause a lot of lovely, happy comments on the street.

“Me and my kids have been watching Stranger Things and ET a lot lately.
I love getting thrown back to the innocent times of the 80s where outer space
and twilight zones were a big part of kid’s everyday life”,

says Cassandra Rhodin, Founder and Creative Director,
on her inspiration behind the new collection.

Very stylish, very comfortable and a very… #wannahave!!!! ; )

Have a lovely day today!
No rain finally! But you need this jacket anyway!

Photography: Mini Rodini
(
the boy, the clothes, the attitude, totally cool!)

MAN OH MAN, FANTASTIC!

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TCH_Fantastic_Man_5Growing into the teenage vibes started about 2 years ago…
We could still talk about baby’s,
but the reality is that we don’t have
those adorable cuties in the house anymore…
We’ve entered the 14+ area heading towards 15…
and we have to admit, it’s becoming very interesting and inspiring.
As a parent you have to adapt all the unexpected situations and deal with it.
Funny enough we’re always discussing the struggles with friends,
but don’t give enough appreciation to the growth…
So we’re reading and learning and are trying to get ‘the dude’ through this
‘particular exciting times of his life’. They don’t know yet they’re in it ; )

And within those vibes,
the best thing, for us, happened a month ago…
(yes we’re not the fastest, prefer to show the best…),
when FANTASTIC MAN launched
the 27th edition with 8 different covers!
With a bunch of cool teenagers (14-18) and a few mature gentlemen.

Inside, three significant moments in manhood
are explored in styles series dedicated to teenagers,
midlifers and the fun loving mature members of society.

Meanwhile, the bumper third section of this issue
is filled to the brim with outstanding individuals of all ages.

#gogogo #buythisinspiringcoolness

… When you’re surrounded by the teenage-vibes
or just want to check out the process in this thing called ‘life’…

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Photography covers: Mark Peckmezian
Styling: Carlos Nazario
Casting Director: Jess Hallet
Models: Luca (14), George (15),
Stan (15), Hank (14), Asher (18)

T.A.O.

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We will keep it short:
JUST TAKE A GOOD LOOK…!
Master the art of observing…

How amazing is this style?
Gorgeous colours, the shape of every piece is unique.
It looks archetype-ish (which we have a big heart for),
but in detail is it not. It is brilliant!
Created by an incredibly talented lady.

TAO, we are your fans!
The Animals Observatory is one of a kind
and therefore incredibly contemporary…
A kids brand who made us wish for grown-up-versions.
So no ‘mini-me’s’ / ‘mini-you’s’, but we,
the adults, want to copy the kids…
What word will that be? ‘Big mini’s’? ; )

Just check their website and scroll through all the collections.
Not only the newest. The older collections are so worth it!
It is timeless!

So if you fancy being more
one-of-kind,
just-be-you or
want-to-stand-out-from-the-crowd…
Study their designs…
You will understand why you have to get at least one piece!

CIAOOOO!!!

Photography: The Animals Observatory

#stories : Surprise surprise! part one…

TCH_stories_Alpina_fietsen_5TCH_stories_Alpina_fietsen_4We love to tell stories. A lot of times we tell you all about the beauty of design,
the heart of something important or anything we feel we need to mention.
This time we would like to tell you our own story… Just a moment in our daily life…
Not to put ourselves in the center, but for sure this little dude…
As a metaphor for all the dudes growing up.

This boy will be 6 in two weeks! A big goal!
And with ‘entering a new chapter’ there belongs the best gift.
The gift of steps to independency!

And what’s beter to feel free, speeding up,
the wind through your hair, smiling…
YES! It’s CYCLING! The ultimate feeling we all grew up with.

And since we’re on a holiday in two weeks, we had to give this to him already.
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A matt black BMX-ish brand new bike with gorgeous blue wheels…

But only a few minutes later he said, it’s quite big…
and the happiness, the magic, the wow
was gone for a moment.
Fear had taken over…

But we’ve tried to cycle and he loved it,
fighting his fear to fall or hurt himself.
It’s quite a big bike, 20 inch.
At the same time he felt the first signs of being big,
just trying over and over again.
Overcoming his fear, step by step…
We think he will be ready soon to feel that joy of independency.

So therefore we would love to take you on our journey;
‘his journey’ to become this big independent cyclist-dude!
Cycling around through his hometown.
Starting a beautiful memory he’s not aware of yet.

Have a wonderful weekend…
We will be outside for sure…
Keep you posted! #parttwo2

Photography: Kiki Kouthoofd for thecoolheads.com

This story is made possible by Alpina Fietsen,
The (YES!) Dutch bike brand for kids! Thank you so much!
We absolutely LOVE this, ‘selected by us’, Comet version!
It felt like we’ve received a handmade bike! AWESOME!!!
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smart & cool


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Every Tuesday I’ll get their newsletter.
The one I’m always looking forward to!
And every time I’m thrilled,
incredibly inspired and wished I came up with this.

THE SOCIALITE FAMILY
a sample of smart & cool families

STORIES, STYLES,  INTERIOR DESIGN & FAMILY…
All-in-one!

Contemporary families in which, when I look back, I grew up in too.
Parents with eye for detail, vision, design, vintage…
Things I took for granted maybe…

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“They all share their unique vision
on how to harmonize family life and interior design.”

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Beautiful photography and inspiring interviews.
You want to read, know about and find out every detail.

Something to look forward to,
in a world full of ‘fast forward’…
Where loads of images are jumping up and down
on your screen all day.

Instead, here… Just sitting down,
going nowhere, admiring the beautiful images
and the lovely inspiring stories.
I can go through this website for hours
even though I don’t have time for that at all.

A visual diary of design…

The big extra at THE SOCIALITE FAMILY
is that for most of what you see,
they’ve tried to find something likewise
or the exact version (yes!),
like that particular chair from the editorial,
a specific light or some gorgeous accessories.

And… even better… they’ve designed items themselves!m-b-4-1290x772

So because of a certain family with taste for design,
you will find your precious piece to spice up your home.
And you will get inspired by reading all the lovely stories
of the (mostly) creative or entrepeneur-ish owners.
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Yes they happen to be real people,
and therefore it’s not a showroom
but the home of a family with a big heart for design.
And where they are allowed
to actually sit on that beautiful design couch,
drink from that handmade cup
and eat from that plate at that gorgeous table. ; )

My heart goes boom!

Thank you Constance Gennari! ; )
constance-gennari-10-3-1290x772Very happy you’ve followed your heart and started sharing your passion with us!

Photography: Constance Gennari & Eve Campestrini.

Brilliance no.10

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Photography, capturing in one moment…
It is a profession.
I see a lot of people who are technically educated
but don’t have had the capability to capture ‘it’.
‘It’ is the magic, the moment, the vibe
plus the choice for film or postproduction.
You don’t need a lot of ingredients, but the right ones.
And talent!

Magic between model and photographer, working as a team.

Photographer Michelle Marshall and
model Sol  (Select Model Management London)
worked together more than once!
And the combination of those two
has create my favourite portraits.
The one I want on my wall.

Contemporary street, but also timeless.
Ingredients as #denim and # blackandwhitephotography
is something which will always get my attention.
But it needs to be really brilliant in every detail to want it on our
#thecoolheadscrib wall.

There’s such a silent beauty in it.

Sol reminds me also of my oldest son
who has not his age yet,
but is heading towards it and to an independent life.
Something I’m not always looking forward to,
letting him go, taking care of himself.
If I look at this portrait I know he will be fine.
#wishfulthinking and all maybe, but that doesn’t matter.

This portrait is telling me a story.
We are in that moment too.
I can look at it over and over again.
Never boring. That makes it brilliant!

Captured by the very talented Michelle Marshall
Eye for detail: Becky Seager
for Boys by Girls
Rising star: Sol 

Our Secret Car Crush

tumblr_oi4muc8BQh1rn1cuzo1_1280Growing up in a contemporary artistic family had many positive sides.
My parents were open minded, our big house had room for a swing
in the livingroom, a climbing wall, we could cycle through the house.
Not too many strict rules.

The girl and her brothers, at that age, had not many complains

Then the girl, me, became a teenager.
Besides by being embarrassed by my artist dad,
which I think is quite normal for a teenager…
I was embarrassed as well about some car choices
my parents made.
Can you imagine…

Volvo Amazon, 245 GL
Citröen HY, DS, 2CV
Rover  P5B 3.5 litre
Landrover Defender

Obviously not a very objective vision,
because they were cool
and later happen to be stunning wannahave-cars.
The main reason for this:
quite some time the car broke down while touring.
With that in the back of my mind
I’ve created an aversion against vintage cars.
Just wanted them to do the job,
by getting me somewhere.
Thanks dad!

But if you think my only wish is to just drive any car
which for sure would bring me from A to B,
then you’re wrong…
The interest in innovation, design
and the exterior looks is extremely big!
Much bigger. I have to admit.

So… OUR SECRET CAR CRUSH was born!

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Secret because I also grew up with values like
‘be kind to our planet’,
‘don’t be too greedy’… Share…
How can you admire a machine
which polutes the planet?
Car crush because I can really admire
a particular car design or car brand.
And then a little devil in my head says…
No, all no good for the planet.
Owwwwww….

You can understand I’m extremely happy
and thankful for the rise and shine of electric cars
at most of the car brands…
For sure for the heart we have for our planet…
but it also…
… makes me feel less guilty.

Even without the electric cars (being common yet),
the best of both worlds is
just writing about cars, test-driving
and writing reviews in my own way!
And not be the owner.
I can be objective in a good way.
Give a visual opinion.
Get input from the technical sides,
without boring you…
And photograph it in our own way too,
to make the story complete.

Cars which are just cool, beautiful, wannahaves
for yes ‘a independent woman with kids’, haha!
In contemporary pantone-colours. Hallelujah!

No, this is not shallow…
This is heart for design,
and innovation.
And… Freedom!

You have to drive them to football
or swimming lessons, to birthday parties
or to the grandparents anyway.
Eighter way I want to make quite sure
it is fast and getting me there,
looking contemporary beautiful.
And is just comfortable enough.

Comfortable as in
an automatic…
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The luxury of a button or sensor
which opens the backdoor automatically
when you’re arriving with all the groceries…
Heavenly cool!

So, soon you can expect our first review ever
of such a COOL WANNAHAVE CAR
(we were able to test last november);
The MINI Cooper S ALL4 Clubman

#iwantmyminiclubmanback

Have a lovely weekend!
Driving or something ; )

Source:
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Me & My Bentley

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